How to Make a Pretty Pincushion with a Button Centercomments (13) March 18th, 2009
In planning out my projects for the month, I first thought of ways to use lots of buttons. But I also remembered that I have several prized buttons that are no longer in sets—singles and sometimes doubles here and there. And while I love looking at them in my button jars, I wanted to come up with a project that would allow me to feature a few of them in an item I use often. And so was born this multicrafty pincushion with button center. To make this project, you'll patch, sew, and crochet your way to a perfect pedestal for a favorite button or two. Bonus: Your favorite few buttons will never roll off the back of your sewing table into the abyss anymore. And if you're scared to commit some of your button faves to this project, remember that you can always cut them loose and add new buttons if you finally find the perfect project for your lone fasteners.
- Two fabric remnants, at least 8 inches x 8 inches
- Sewing machine (optional) or sewing needle and thread
- Small amount polyfill stuffing
- Embroidery needle
- Small amount sock yarn (or crochet thread or embroidery floss)
- Size 2.75mm steel crochet hook
- Two or three large buttons
Step 1: Piece, stuff, and sew the pincushion.
Press the square, turning the open edges under to match the finished edge of the square. This will make it easier to sew shut later.
Step 2: Add a crocheted border.
The next few steps are optional for those of you who want to add a crocheted border to your pincushion. Feel free to skip ahead to the button sewing if you'd like. For this section, I used a small amount of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn in color #146 flames. Any sock yarn will do—and it's good for this project because it has a bit of elasticity in it (that makes it easier to pick up the whipstitches). If you don't have any sock yarn, try using embroidery floss or crochet thread instead.
You can either crochet over the long ends as you go, or weave them in when you're through adding the edging.
Join the round with a slipstitch. For the second round, *slipstitch in first single crochet, skip next single crochet, (double crochet, chain 1, double crochet, chain 1, double crochet) in next stitch; skip next single crochet; repeat from * around. If you come to a corner at an akward place in the crocheted shell, feel free either to skip 2 stitches before making the slipstitch or not skip any stitches. This will just give you a slightly stretched out or slightly tighter shell (respectively) and is no big deal.
Step 3: Sew the buttons in place.
Here's where you get to show off a few select buttons. Choose a button for both the front and back of the cushion. For mine, I stacked a couple of buttons on the front side for a bit of extra color. Play around a bit before you attach your buttons—you never know, an unexpected combination might be just the right finishing touch.
Sew another button to the back side, then go back through the front side button(s) once more to secure (you'll end with the needle and yarn in back of the cushion). Pull the yarn taut to make a little indentation in the cushion where the buttons are.
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